ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) is serious—research is key to understanding the disease, offering hope for future Editorial Note: The people in this blog are based upon the stories of real people who have ALS
Angela’s shoelaces just wouldn’t tie right. Her husband Shawn had teased her that it must be stress. After all, Angela had just started her retirement, and there was just so much to do: manage her volunteer work, help the children finish college, and plan the next chapter of her life.
But when Angela’s left leg started getting weak, she and Shawn finally went to a doctor, who referred them to a neurologist. The news was bad: Angela had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease— attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary movement. No one knows for sure what causes ALS, and there is no known cure.